Computers now take center stage as a crime scene for the new interconnected world. Still, few have training in computer forensics to properly investigate or defend cyber crime.

If charged with a crime involving computers in Connecticut, you need to have an attorney knowledgeable in both the criminal law and process but also computer technology – since many judges don’t! When your lawyer understands the technology, you can feel safe knowing that your interests will get protected. We have seen cases in which someone told clients that a hacking fix took hours or days to fix, when our knowledge can proved they should have fixed it in mere minutes. This should lessen the out of pocket costs of restitution.

Familiarizing yourself with the consequences involved in different computer crimes can prepare you for your case.

Crimes and Consequences

Degree of Computer Crime Amount of Damage or Harm Required Penalty
1st degree Damage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $10,000 B felony (up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both)
2nd degree Damage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $5,000 C felony (up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both)
3rd degree Damage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $1,000. Reckless conduct that creates a risk of serious physical injury to another person D felony (up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both)
4th degree Damage to or the value of the property or computer services is over $500 A misdemeanor (up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both)
5th degree Damage to or the value of the property or computer services, if any, is $500 or less B misdemeanor (up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both)

 

Note: This chart provided by: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/rpt/2012-R-0254.htm